(Nat Geo Music)
North Carolina, is a thriving
arts community in the midst of the deep south, so it’s no surprise that a band
like Toubab Krewe would grow from such fertile soil. The instrumental quintet
made a reputation from adapting African guitar styles, particularly the bluesy
textures of Ali Farka Touré, to rock, but in truth the group has expanded into
a more general eclecticism on TK2.
Tracks like “Carnivalito,” “Konkoba” and “Mariama” do indeed
highlight the group’s African influences through the nimble kora picking of
Justin Perkins. But “Area Code” weaves African snake guitar through a
psychedelic haze before hitting the highway running. “Nirvana the Buffalo” rides the surf
while cranking the volume on the beaches of two nations. “Beacon,” “Mansani
Cisse” and “Holy Grail” incorporate reggae flavorings, while “Sirens”
reconnects African music to its natural successor the blues. The improvised
“One Night Watkins” gives jam bands a good name, while “Gine Fare” focuses
everything the band likes into one titanic psych/prog/surf/African rock anthem.
Genrefuckers supreme, Toubab Krewe embodies the pan-sexual
ideal of musical open-mindedness.
Fare,” “Konkoba,” “Nirvana the Buffalo”